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Call for Papers: NUJS Seminar on 25 Years of Panchayati Raj System in India [18-19 August, Kolkata]: Submit by July 10

Call for Papers: NUJS Seminar on 25 Years of Panchayati Raj System in India [18-19 August, Kolkata]: Submit by July 10

Dates of the Seminar

18th – 19th August, 2017

Venue of the Seminar

WBNUJS, Kolkata


Year 2017 is the 25th year of the Panchayati Raj system since the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 formalized the institution.

While the system has stood the test of time and has been instrumental in promoting inclusive growth in rural areas, there are institutional and behavioural issues plaguing the framework.

Also, while some states such as West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka, etc., have effectively implemented the system, quite a few states have failed to do so.

There are also accountability and transparency issues at various levels of the three-tier system.

In view of the rising issues and concerns, the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy (CRSGPP) at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata intends to organize a two-day National Seminar titled “25 Years of Panchayati Raj System in India: Issues and Challenges” on 18th and 19th August, 2017 at WBNUJS.

The Seminar will be graced by dignitaries, academicians and stakeholders, who have expertise in the given field.

The speakers and panelists will focus on the flaws and the merits of the prevailing PRIs in India and the ways to revamp the institutions.

The Seminar is also open for paper presentations. Teachers, policy makers, government officers, lawyers, undergraduate and postgraduate students of law and social sciences, research scholars, etc., are invited to participate in the Seminar. Up to 40 presenters may present their papers during the event.

Submission Procedure

Those who wish to participate and present a paper in the Seminar can do so by submitting an abstract to

Submission Deadline

10th July 2017.

Sub themes

(1) Justice, equity and inclusive growth under the PRIs.

(2) The role of women in the development and consolidation of PRIs.

(3) Mobilization and utilization of own source revenue.

(4) The Role of the Indian Constitution in augmenting laws and policies on PRIs.

(5) The social and legal problems facing the PRIs.

(6) E-panchayats and the role of information technology.

(7) Role of PRIs in rural development.

(8) Institutional capacity building through training and community participation.

(9) The relevance of Nyaya Panchayats under the ongoing legal regime.

(10) The role of law in ensuring transparency and accountability in PRI institutions.


The Registration form is available at the end of this Note. The Registration fee, which includes registration kit, Lunch, teas, etc., but does not include accommodation, is as follows:

(1) For Paper Presenters – Rs 1,500/-

(2) For Participants – Rs 750/-

Presenters/Participants need to send scanned copies of the filled-up form and of the National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) Payment acknowledgement, received from the bank after successful remittance of money to

Registration of Presenters/Participants for the National Seminar opens on 15/07/2017 and closes on 30/07/2017.

Authors whose papers are accepted for presentation need to register them as Presenters.

In case of non acceptance of respective papers, the authors can register themselves as Participants, provided they are among the first 20 (twenty) participants, who shall be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Mode of Registration

Click HERE.

Important Dates

(1) Abstract Submission: 10/07/2017

(2) Notification of Acceptance of Papers: 14/07/2017

(3) Registration Opens: 15/07/2017

(4) Registration Closes: 30/07/2017

(5) Final Paper Submission: 14/08/2017

(6) Seminar: 18/08/2017 and 19/08/2017


Prof. Dr. T R Subramanya,

Research Fellow and Coordinator, CRSGPP, WBNUJS

E-mail id:

Phone No: 033-25694700 (Ext: 7211)

For further details, click HERE.

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